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20 Amazing Places In Asia You Must Visit At Least Once in Your Life Time

20 Amazing Places In Asia You Must Visit At Least Once in Your Life Time

When you think about going on holiday, Asia may not be the first place you think of. Yet, it has many beautiful places you must visit! Here is an amazing list of 20 places in Asia you should absolutely visit at least once!

1. Tiger’s Nest Temple, Bhutan

Tigers Nest

    Also known as Taktsang, it is a sacred monastery built on a rocky cliff 3,000 feet above the Paro valley. Legend has it, some 1,300 years ago, Guru Rinpoche materialized on the back of a flying tigress and converted the Bhutanese to Buddhism at this place.

    This is a must-visit place because of the unique location and view that will leave you mesmerized. The background story of this place makes it even more unique and worth seeing.

    2. Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Siem Reap

      Siem Reap is the capital of the province Siem Reap in Cambodia. One of their most famous sites to visit is the Angkor Wat temple. Besides that, they have many more temples, museums, the Old Market and the Cambodian Cultural Village.

      With plenty of touristic attractions, it still doesn’t feel overcrowded. You will be able to take in the culture and habits of locals.

      3. Bokeo Nature Reserve, Laos

      Bokeo

        Located in the Bokeo province in Laos, this nature reserve was created to protect the black-cheeked gibbon. To view the gibbons or experience the beauty of the forest, you can use the Gibbon Experience. You can also join the Waterfall Gibbon Experience, which includes three hours of trekking along the Nam Nga River.

        This amazing experience is nowhere else to be found. You get to see beautiful nature and the black-cheeked gibbon, which was thought to be extinct!

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        4. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

        Kuala Lumpur

          Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. It is an amazing place to visit because of the variaty of things to do and see. The architecture ranges from cultural to modern. The most touristic sites are China Town, the Petronas Twin Towers, the Buta Caves and Central Market.

          This city has such a wide variety of sites, everyone should see it for themselves. It has the beauty of old, traditonal buildings next to the modern towers.

          5. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

          Halong bay

            As one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this bay is a must-visit. There exists over 3,000 islands and it is inhabited by about 1,600 people living in floating villages. To make the most out of your visit, you should take a cruise and experience life from the water.

            The beauty of the nature will leave you in awe. This is for sure a must-visit place.

            6. Danxia Landform, China

            Danxia China

              These beautiful landscapes are unique to China. Formed out of red sandstone and strong forces, these landscapes were added to the World Heritage List in 2010. This is one of the places you must see for yourselves!

              7. Rainbow Family Village, Taiwan

              Rainbow Family Village

                A little while ago, an old man began to paint. This man’s name was Huang Yung-Fu, also known as Grandpa Rainbow. He lives in a military dependents’ village and one day decided to make this place more colorful. It is a beautiful place with a unique story. You will love to see all the colors and it will move you deep inside your heart. Definitely a must-see!

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                8. Taj Mahal, India

                Taj Mahal

                  In 1632 an Emperor started with the construction of a mosque to commemorate his favorite wife. It was finished in 1648 and it is the jewel of the muslim community in India. It has beautiful gardens, symbolizing paradise, or a heaven on earth.

                  If you have not yet seen this beautiful white marble mosque, be sure to visit it when you can!

                  9. Great Wall of China, China

                  Great Wall China

                    This massive structure was originally built as a defense wall. With a length of  3945 miles, it is the longest wall on earth. Many parts of the Wall have been damaged and are no longer accessible. To see the Great Wall yourself, you best go to Qinhuangdao or Beijing.

                    10. Shinjuku Gyoen, Japan

                    Shinjuku Gyoen Park

                      This beautiful park is located in Tokyo. It was originally completed in 1772, but the current layout was formed in 1906. The garden is 58.3 hectares in area, and it has over 20,000 trees. The greenhouse has over 1,700 different tropical and subtropical plant species on display.

                      11. Yolyn Am, Mongolia

                      Yolyn Am

                        Also known as the Valley of Eagels, the deep, narrow gorge is unique for it’s thick ice field. It is located in the Gobi Dessert. Because it is so deep and narrow, it is like an oasis in the desert, always remaining cool.

                        12. The War Memorial of Korea, South Korea

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                        War Memorial Korea

                          This former site of the army headquarters has six indoor exhibitions and over 13,000 memorabilia outside. In the combat experience room you can experience different situations that soldiers went through during the Korean war.

                          13. Bali, Indonesia

                          Bali

                            Sun, a deep blue sea and long beaches. Bali could be the tropical paradise for you!

                            Besides the beach, you can also visit caves, dive or visit temples. With a great climate and different places to discover, this is an amazing island to visit.

                            14. Hong Kong, China

                            Hong Kong

                              If you want to visit a city for shopping, you must go to Hong Kong. For designer fashion, visit the Landmark Mall, also known as Central. There are plenty of street markets for different interests too. You can simply shop till you drop!

                              15. Daehan Dawon, South Korea

                              Daehan Dawon

                                Boseong is the home of green tea plantation in South Korea. Deanna Dawon is a tourist plantation which provides 40% of the country’s green tea. Relax with the beautiful scenery of these tea fields.

                                16. The Mekong Delta, Vietnam

                                Mekong Delta

                                  The Mekong River provides ways for the locals to sell their crops. You can find pretty much all the tropical fruits you can think of. Floating along the river, the view is beautiful and tropical. You can get off the river at different locations, to visit the city or temples. The friendly locals will welcome you with open arms.

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                                  17. Patong, Thailand

                                  Patong

                                    Patong is the place to go for a great nightlife. At night there are over a hunderd restaurants, bars and discos. The main goal; have a good time!

                                    18. Phewa Lake, Nepal

                                    Phewa Lake

                                      Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in Nepal. It is near the Tal Barahi Temple and Baidam, also known as the Lakeside. From here you can also take a tour to Pokhara, the most touristic city in Nepal.

                                      19. Banaue, Philippines

                                      Banaue

                                        Banaue is a small town in the Philippines. It is well known for the rice terraces. The rice terraces were handmade many years ago and are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

                                        You may see it many times in pictures or video, but you cannot grasp the amazing beauty until you see it for yourself!

                                        20. Shwedagon Pagoda, Maynmar

                                        Shwedagon Pagoda

                                          The Shwedagon Pagoda is the biggest, most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Maynmar. It is 325 feet tall, covered in gold and has over 7,000 gems. It is said to be over 2,500 years old, but there are no existing construction papers. This magnificent building is a must-see in Asia!

                                          Featured photo credit: Pervaiz Vohra via wallpapersnewhd.com

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                                          7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                                          7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                                          From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

                                          What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

                                          1. Take the scenic route.

                                          Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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                                          Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

                                          2. Distract yourself.

                                          No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

                                          3. Listen to music or podcasts.

                                          There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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                                          4. Bring a friend.

                                          Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

                                          Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

                                          5. Accessorize.

                                          There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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                                          For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

                                          6. Compete.

                                          A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

                                          7. Relax.

                                          The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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                                          With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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